This Year's Heisman Finalists
Joined on ballot by Tebow, McCoy, Gerhart, and defender Suh
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2009 1:24 PM CST
Stanford's Toby Gerhart ran for more yards and scored more touchdowns this year than any other player, putting him just behind Ingram as a favorite for the Heisman.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Five finalists will compete for the coveted Heisman Trophy this year, the AP notes, the largest ballot for college football's crowning achievement since 2004. They are:

  • Mark Ingram, Alabama: The running back appears to be the favorite as his team is No. 1 in the standings. If he pulls it off, it would be the first Heisman for Alabama.
  • Toby Gerhart, Stanford: The running back, who has more yards and touchdowns than any other player this year, is close on Ingram's heels.

  • Tim Tebow, Florida: The quarterback and 2007 Heisman winner is looking for his second trophy—to become the second-ever two-time winner—but his performance hasn't matched up to years past.
  • Colt McCoy, Texas: Last year's runner-up was a favorite earlier in the season but, like Tebow, the quarterback hasn't delivered as promised.
  • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska: The tackle is the first defensive player to be a finalist since 1997, when Charles Woodson became the first defensive player to win. Suh also finished off the season with stellar performances.

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